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No. 19 Women’s Water Polo Suffers Two Losses Saturday

Kristen Hong scored five goals against George Washington (Gil Talbot).
Kristen Hong scored five goals against George Washington (Gil Talbot).

PRINCETON, N.J. – The No. 19 Harvard women's water polo team suffered a pair of setbacks Saturday, falling in its morning tilt to Bucknell, 9-8, and then dropping a 14-12 decision to George Washington in its nightcap. Both games were played at Princeton.

Harvard 8, Bucknell 9
A trio of Harvard student-athletes scored two goals, but a three-goal fourth period gave Bucknell a 9-8 edge over the Crimson. 

Harvard took the early lead on the Bison with a pair of goals from Sofia Carrera-Justiz in the first quarter. Bucknell initiated the first lead change of the contest with a trio of goals in the second frame to take a 4-3 lead into halftime. The Crimson responded in the third quarter with four goals, including two from Lana Gorlinski, to go back ahead, 8-6. The Bison took the final lead of the game though, scoring three in the final frame to Harvard's one tally.

Harvard Highlights
- Gorlinski, Carrera-Justiz and Kristen Hong each scored twice.
- Cleo Harrington stopped seven Bison shots in the contest.
- Quinne Pursell had three assists.
- Olivia Price had five steals.

Harvard 12, George Washington 14
The Crimson played another back-and-forth in its evening matchup against the Colonials, but George Washington was able to come out ahead in the end, 14-12.

After trailing 5-3 following the first period, Harvard's offense found the back of the net on four occasions, while the defense held the Colonials to just one in the second quarter. George Washington retook the lead in the third quarter, scoring five times and then potted three more in the fourth to hold off a late Crimson charge. 

Harvard Highlights
- Hong racked up five goals for the Crimson.
- Mathilde Ribordy notched four goals.
- Carrera-Justiz assisted on four tallies.
- Sam Acker had seven saves.

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